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Forget the Resolutions, Create a Vision Board that Works

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With the holiday buzz quietly behind us, are you still forging ahead with the new goals you wanted to implement into 2013, or, like most people, are you already noticing a backslide?  It’s the middle of January, and studies show that 80% of our resolutions are now as out of our thoughts as the boxed up Christmas decorations.

One of the reasons that resolutions are often sidetracked is that they cause us to focus on what we need to give up, instead of asking for more of what we want.  

We say toss out those resolutions, and join us in creating a Vision Board for 2013.

You have no doubt heard of Vision Boards by now – many celebrities and self-growth experts from Oprah to Maria Shriver advocate their use, and there are numerous books and websites on the subject.  Our goal is to encourage you to set aside the time to create one, now – if you have not already in the new year. And we want to help you create a Vision Board that works – one that truly helps you manifest more of what you want to bring into your life.   For extra encouragement, one of our favorite self-growth experts, and Vision Board teacher Debra Deras has offered to help answer any questions you have (leave your comments/questions below) and to award one lucky reader/participant a free coaching series – see details below!

What is a Vision Board exactly?

A vision board is a tool used to help set intentions. It helps to clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on specific life goals. A vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. If you dare to dream it, then believe it. A vision board helps us stay focused and have clarity about our dreams and what we’re asking for in our lives.  It is a ‘visual reminder’ of what you are seeking to create, a practice tool that you can display as a physical reminder of your goals and desires.

And the importance of a visual, when creating goals, is undeniable. When you make a commitment, you want to know what that commitment will look like.  Which is exactly why vision boards are considered the most effective tool to set AND accomplish intentions. It helps to clarify, envision, and maintain focus on a specific, manifested life plan.

See our guide with step-by-step instruction on creating a Vision Board.

Why Does it Work?

A vision board works through the law of attraction – or what others call ‘visioning.’

The purpose of a vision board is to activate the law of attraction to begin to pull things from your external environment that will enable you to realize your dream. The law of attraction states that we attract into our lives anything that we give attention to, regardless whether it be positive or negative. By selecting pictures and words that charge your emotions with feelings of passion, you will begin to manifest those things into your life.

A vision board works because visioning works. Most successful people use some form of visioning to create what they desire in life, and it’s a key practice of Olympic athletes, world leaders, and public figures like the Dali Lama.   When you put your attention on something, you experience more of it. Maybe it is created by a magical force of attention. At the very least, you are going to selectively pay attention to the things you desire once you teach yourself to focus on them more.

But Vision does not equal Action – how do you create a board that will really work? 

For your vision board to be more than just a bunch of pretty pictures, you have to first do some reflecting about what’s most important to you and what you really want. If you dive into a stack of images before you’re clear on your vision, you will just become distracted.   To uncover your deepest desires, you can refer back to your journal for inspiration, sit in meditation or prayer, use guided visualization, or even dedicate some time to think it through in movement and music — anything that helps you tap into your intuition and inner wisdom.

Once you have your goals written out, examine them to make sure that you’re not focused on extrinsic goals. If you end up with a vision board that is full of big mansions, 6 pack abs, or celebrities, you are focusing on extrinsic goals.  Extrinsic goals are all about obtaining external validation of self-worth. Wishing for things like being rich, famous and ‘hot’ will not only not make you happy, wishing for them will actually diminish your self-worth because you are interfering with the pursuit of goals that will really benefit you.

Instead, your vision board must focus on intrinsic goals like developing relationships, personal growth, making a contribution, or creating a soulful space where you feel comfortable, safe and inspired.  Include both vacations or retreats where you can refresh and renew. But also include visions of what you’d like your daily life to be like. Include real photos of yourself and/or your own family where you look healthy, happy and vibrant in your board.

Lastly, fantasizing about your perfect world is short-term and will only take you so far.  To transform your dreams into reality it’s vital to convert your vision into action.  You should also visualize the steps involved in getting to the outcome. Yes, first dream about it, then envision the steps it would take to do or obtain something – and finally, make sure you are actively making it happen.

Ideas, thoughts, and dreams are great, but they are forms of energy which do not necessarily lead to action. This year be authoritative setting your goals.  Look at your vision board every day and let it remind you of both what you are manifesting, and also let it encourage you to take the steps (even if it’s just one per day) towards making your vision YOUR life.

We have a Vision Board page on Pinterest that is loaded with great images to use in your vision boards.

Click here for more basics how to create a vision board.

Example of a Text Only Vision Board

Show us what you want in life, encourage others and participate in our Vision Board Contest:

Click here to Post a photo of your board on our Facebook Vision Board Contest page by February 9.  We will use to select a board/winner to receive a free life coach empowerment session from Deb Deras. (A $500 value!) So, get to visioning, creating and posting!

“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” – Jules Renau

Also, check our article on creating vision boards with kids. 

Do you have questions about creating vision boards, or even better, do you have a story of how they have worked for you? Please share!